Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
5:20 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

Static Kill Under Way

New Orleans, La. – BP Vice President Kent Wells says testing shows the well is stable enough to withstand the pressure required to push oil back into the reservoir.

"The injectivity test was textbook. It went exactly as we would have expected. We pumped at several different rates."

Even if it works, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says it's not the end of the process to kill the well.

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:36 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Preparations Underway For Static Kill

New Orleans, La. – A major unknown is whether the mud can push the oil back directly down the well and into the undersea reservoir. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says pressure readings will be closely watched as each barrel of mud makes its way into the containment cap at the wellhead.

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:22 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Coast Guard Overseeing Static Kill Preparations

New Orleans, La. – Heavy mud will be pumped slowly into the well early this week. The process called a static kill would stop if the pressure gets too high. But Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's confident the well can handle the strain.

"That could result in us filling the entire well up, bringing the pressure to zero. And if that's the case, then we've taken away about half the job that we will need to do from the bottom."

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:20 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Static Kill Could Start Tonight

New Orleans, La. – The first of two steps is called a static kill, which Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says should begin Monday night or Tuesday morning.

"The static kill is not the end-all be-all. In fact kill' may even be a misnomer. What we're really doing is, we're going to be conducting a static test and see if the well can have mud pumped in at a very low rate."

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:33 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Static Kill Could Start This Weekend On BP Well

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Gulf Oil Spill
2:55 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Debris In Relief Well Delays Kill Operations at BP Well

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says operations will be delayed a day or so. Debris was found inside the relief well that's set to plug the broken well with mud and cement.

"Some of the sediment around the sidewall just kind of fell in on itself. If you can imagine if you drilled a hole and did not put a pipe down to reinforce it. We had about 40 feet of where it just - it settled in on itself. It's not a huge problem."

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:28 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Allen Says Static Kill With Relief Well Should Kill BP's Blown-Out Well

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's confident the relief well to kill the broken well will work.

"Obviously the depth is a challenge here, but we are optimistic that we'll get this thing done."

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:25 am
Wed July 28, 2010

News of BP's Tony Hayward's Removal Leaves Some Unimpressed

New Orleans, La. – Other opinions in that report are those of Woody Ruiz, Gary Brooks and Daniel Bolzner, all of New Orleans.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:41 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Vessels of Opportunity May Expand To Track Oil Spill

New Orleans, La. – BP says 2,000 boats are contracted in its Vessels of Opportunity program that uses out-of-work fishing boats in the spill clean-up. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says even if the blown-out well is killed next month by a relief well, there are still hundreds of thousands of oil patches on the water.

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:24 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Coast Guard Says Oil Degrading In Gulf

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says oil is getting harder to spot from flights he's taking over the Gulf. The New Orleans-area response commander says they originally thought this weekend's storm would contribute to the oil dissipating but .

"It moved through pretty quickly so it didn't have a chance to build up those high sea states. The wind really never got over 30 knots. And so what we're seeing is just the natural breakdown of this particular grade of crude oil."

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